If you’re contemplating a career in software development, you may be wondering if you’ve got the necessary skills and knowledge.

If any of the following apply to you, you may already be showing some signs that this career is right for you.

You’re a problem solver

A large proportion of software development is based on identifying bugs or issues and fixing them. This is where your problem solving skills come into play.

If you actively look for solutions to everyday problems while considering constraints and restrictions, you have a keen eye for detail and may be a perfectionist —which are important in software.

You’re Creative

You take pride in everything you create and regularly think outside the box to make the most of your available resources.

You Enjoy Gaming

It has become something of a cliché that those in the IT industry enjoy gaming. However, if you do enjoy intense sessions on the PlayStation or Xbox, it could be a sign that you possess a strategic mindset.

Strategy games present you with a scenario where you have to make the right decision and they encourage you to fully consider the consequences of your actions, which can be critical to a development project.

You Work Well In a Team

As part of your commitment to making the best possible product, you’ll need to work closely with other members of your team. A fresh pair of eyes can more easily identify any bugs or coding errors that you may have overlooked.

You welcome feedback from others and take their suggestions on board. In addition, you have a willingness to help out where needed.

If you have any of the above traits, you may be enjoy a role in software development. To learn more about what each job entails, take a look at leading software company Scott Logic’s A Day in the Life employee stories. Everyone from the Head of Development to Graduate UX Designers share their career experiences and offer top tips for success.

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